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National Medals for Science and Technology: Three Indian Americans Among Honorees

President Obama honored scientists, inventors and engineers for their innovative work in science and technology with the highest U.S. government honors ­­— the National Medals. There were three Indian American honorees in this year’s list. A Siliconeer report.

Congress Party general secretary Rahul Gandhi

At a ceremony at the White House, President Obama honored the recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation—the highest honors bestowed by the United States government on scientists, engineers, and inventors.

“I’m pleased to recognize these extraordinary scientists, engineers, and inventors for their work exploring the very frontiers of human knowledge and making our world a better place,” President Obama said. “It’s important to recognize that work, and to help make it easier for inventors and innovators like them to bring their work from the lab to the marketplace and create jobs.”

Honoring Those Who Discover, Create, and Build. The National Medal of Science recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering, and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce.

The Indian American recipient in National Medal of Science was:

Dr. Srinivasa S.R. Varadhan (New York, NY) for his groundbreaking research in probability theory, which has potential applications in many areas of study including population dynamics, finance, and traffic engineering, including highway planning and management.

The Indian American recipients in National Medal of Technology included:

Dr. Rakesh Agrawal (West Lafayette, IN) for his many innovations relating to liquefied gas production, which have resulted in significant energy and cost efficiencies and advanced the science of electronic device manufacturing while enhancing the supply of industrial gases for a wide range of industries.

Dr. B. Jayant Baliga (Raleigh, NC) for the development and commercialization of a range of power semiconductor devices that are extensively used today in  lighting, medicine, and renewable energy generation systems, including hybrid and electric vehicles and solar energy sources.

Other scientists researchers also honored with medals in science and technology were, Dr. Jacqueline K. Barton (Pasadena, CA), Dr. Ralph L. Brinster (Philadelphia, PA), Dr. Shu Chien (San Diego, CA), Dr. Rudolf Jaenisch (Cambridge, MA), Dr. Peter J. Stang (Salt Lake City, UT), Dr. Richard A. Tapia (Houston, TX), C. Donald Bateman (Redmond, WA), Yvonne C. Brill (Skillman, NJ), and Dr. Michael F. Tompsett (Murray Hill, NJ).


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